Country / Region profile of: Croatia

Women in Croatia continue to be underrepresented in local and national governments and face gender stereotyping and discrimination at home and work. Croatia has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently, however, its has had prior conflict with Serbia (1991-1995) which resulted in targeted sexual violence and ethnic cleansing, and displacement. Croatia also resolved its territorial dispute with Slovenia in 2010. Croatia is ranked at number 54 of the 144 countries listed in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Croatia ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2 April 2014 and succeeded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1992. During the 2015 October Open Debate, Croatia committed to adopt a National Action Plan that has not been made public yet. Additionally, Croatia committed to further promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the context of its foreign, security and defence policies and support the broad participation of civil society and women’s organisations. In 2017, $771 mln were spent by Croatia on its military; subsequently, there is no allocated budget for the National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Women’s organisations across Croatia who works towards gender equality through advocacy, protection, and promotion of women’s human rights.

"Since there are 51 percent of women in [the] whole population, we deem necessary for them to exit [the] endless circle of political, economical and status minority and gain an equal place [in the] entire social processes." - Women's Network Croatia


$ 771,900,000
Military expenditure
Croatia spends USD$ 771,900,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Strengthening women's participation
This amount could be invested in the work of UN Women to build women’s participation and influence in decision-making
NAP 1325
The Croatia NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments